Kerala Travel Tips

Kerala has a tropical climate and so is warm throughout the year with the exception of the monsoons. Wear light cottons during your visit to Kerala. Since there are several beaches and lakes here, you might as well come all prepared with your swimming gear. Do not forget to bring your sunglasses, hats, umbrellas and sunscreen lotion.

We recommend you to carry woolen clothes if your itinerary includes Munnar or Thekkady as they are cold places

While doing flight reservations, you can book to Cochin (Kochi), Trivandrum or Calicut depends on your travel plan and with the consultation of your travel agent

While booking train tickets if you are trying for Cochin, search Ernakulam which is same as Cochin. There is no railway station by name Cochin and code for Ernakulam is ERN or ERS

Foreign passengers are required to obtain a VISA from the nearest Indian Consulate and remember to apply for the VISA at least 14 days before date of arrival and buy adequate travel insurance

Safety is of prior importance and we recommend you to use seat belts

For your safety, try to carry minimal gold ornaments

There are lots of ATMs at most of the places there by avoiding carrying more cash with you

Always try to carry mineral water with you and avoid unsafe water from taps for drinking

Smoking and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at public places and will be fined if caught

Avoid hugging or kissing at public places which attracts public attention, being the orthodox attitude of people around you

Nudity is not allowed at any public places

Do carry your medicines and few tablets for fever, cold, head ache, vomiting etc

India s time zone is GMT/UTC +5.30 and can expect jet lag for International passengers. We recommend you to get onto India s time zone before you leaves your home town and try to eat and sleep on Indian time. This helps you to get adjusted fast to start enjoying your trip

Largely a consumer state, Kerala has a number of shops selling textiles, gold ornaments and other handicrafts. The mall culture is becoming popular in cities like Cochin, Trivandrum and Thrissur. Traditional Kerala settu mundu and kasavu sarees can be bought at Kasavukada, a brand name in Kerala Sarees. Handicrafts such as mirrors, wooden boats, Chinese fishing net models, elephants made out of wood etc are souvenirs you might want to take back. Khataisons and Surabhi on MG Road, Cochin are outlets that sell such handicrafts. Unlike rest of India, there is very little scope for bargaining. Almost all the shops have fixed prices.